Melbourne, Dec 26 (IANS) The third umpire’s decision to not give Australia captain Tim Paine run out on the first day of the second Test against India left many people, including legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne, scratching their heads and it seems even the Indian players were voicing their disagreement.
Many fans caught an unidentified player from the fielding side saying that there is “something fishy” about Paine not being declared run out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Fans took to social media to point it out.
“Someone just said “Something fishy man” from behind the stumps as the over finished,” tweeted one user.
“Haha love the stump mics. One of the Indian player saying “Something fishy. How did he not given that as out” I guess it is Pant,” tweeted another.
The incident happened in the 55th over of the Australian innings when there was a mix-up between Cameron Green and Paine. However, with no clear evidence of bat being on the line, the third umpire declared the Australia skipper not out.
“There’s no conclusive evidence to show the bat is on the wrong side of the line, so the bat looks like it could have a bit over the line. My decision is not out,” said Paul Wilson.
Legendary spinner Shane Warne also expressed his surprise at the decision. “Very surprised that Tim Paine survived that run out review! I had him on his bike and thought there was no part of his bat behind the line! Should have been out in my opinion,” Warne tweeted after the incident.
“That was OUT. Jason Holder was right. If players can be in a bio-bubble for soooo long…let umpires should be doing the same. #AusvInd,” tweeted former India opener Aakash Chopra.
However, the decision didn’t cost India much as Paine got out after scoring just 13 and Australia eventually got bundled out for 195.
For India, Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of 4/56 in the 16 overs he bowled. Ace off-spinnner Ravichandran Ashwin was the next in line as he picked three wickets, including the priced scalp of Steve Smith, and scalped three wickets, conceding just 35 runs in the 24 overs he bowled. Debutant Mohammad Siraj also picked two wickets while Ravindra Jajeja picked the remaining one.
For Australia, Marnus Labuschagne was the highest scorer with 48, followed by Travis Head (38) and Matthew Wade (30).